PENDLETON, ORE. - A third place finish at the most recent stop on the 2007 Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour keeps the Sunnyside Black Rock Creek team in firm control of its own destiny.
Competing at Wildhorse Golf Resort in Pendleton, Ore., the Black Rock Creek squad strengthened its grip on the senior tour points lead. The team's third place finish at Wildhorse moved Black Rock Creek six and a half points ahead of Desert Aire in the points race.
Currently, the Sunnyside team has amassed 86.5 points. Desert Aire, which settled for a fifth place finish at Wildhorse, is presently in second in the points race with 80 points. The defending senior tour champion Walla Walla Veterans Golf Course team is currently sitting in third place with 79.5 points.
A combined squad from the Pendleton Country Club and the Tri-Cities Country Club won top honors at the Wildhorse tournament, scoring a team low 709 strokes. The Walla Walla Veterans team finished one stroke back, at 710, for runner-up honors. Black Rock Creek placed third at Wildhorse with 726 team strokes.
Sparking the Sunnyside squad to its third place finish were Gene McIntire and Akira Nozaka. McIntire carded a 5-over-par 77, with Nozaka three strokes back at 80. James Noel added an 11-over-par 83 for the Sunnyside team.
In the net scoring column (actual score minus handicap) at Wildhorse, Black Rock Creek's Doug Veach turned in the second lowest round from the entire field. He shot seven strokes below his scoring average, netting a 65. Also shooting under their handicaps were Black Rock Creek's Perry Barnhill (net 66), Dave Uggetti (net 70), Robert Andrews (net 70) and Scott Andrews (net 70).
The next senior tour competition is slated for Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Kennewick's Canyon Lakes Golf Course. Those Black Rock Creek seniors intending to play that day are asked to turn in their $45 entry fees to Max Wickham by Monday, Aug. 13.